Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.
Iran is closing schools, scrambling for hospital places, and spraying disinfectant in the subway as coronavirus deaths and cases spike
Mia Jankowicz Business Insider•February 24, 2020
Iran is closing schools and dedicating hospitals across the country to fight the novel coronavirus as the number of infections sharply increased across the country, according to multiple reports.
The government on Sunday closed schools, universities, and cultural centers in 14 provinces in an effort to contain the outbreak, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. Cultural events in those 14 provinces, like soccer matches, have also been banned for the week ahead, the outlet reported.
Meanwhile, the government has also designated at least 230 hospitals across the country to treat coronavirus patients, Al Jazeera reported.
“In every city, one hospital will be dedicated to treating coronavirus cases,” Health Minister Saeed Namaki said Sunday, noting that bigger cities would dedicate more hospitals to fighting the outbreak, according to AFP.
In Tehran, the capital city, authorities have ordered snack shops and water fountains in subway stations to close, and buses and subway trains to be disinfected daily, AFP reported.
Mohsen Hashemi, head of Tehran’s municipal council, also told AFP that the entire city — which has about 9 million residents — would be put under quarantine if it sees more infections.
The measures came as the number of infections and deaths of the virus rose dramatically over the weekend. The official death toll rose to 12, and the number of infections to 61, on Monday, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
These figures have been questioned, however, with one lawmaker from the city of Qom telling the semi-official ILNA news agency that at least 50 people had died in that city alone, The Guardian, AFP and AP reported.
ILNA’s editor also told AFP: “The rest of the media have not published this figure, but we prefer not to censor what concerns the coronavirus because people’s lives are in danger.”
The Iranian government rejected this claim. According to The Guardian, health minister Iraj Harirchi said on state television that he “categorically” denied the higher figures.
Numerous neighboring countries have also partly or wholly closed their borders with Iran, the South China Morning Post reported. They include Pakistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and at least one crossing point with Kuwait.
The coronavirus, which first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has killed at least 2,600 people, mostly in China. It has since spread to at least 34 other countries, some of which have reported deaths of the virus.
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